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I'll Huff and I'll Puff and … December 18, 2006

At University's Whispering Wind Academy’s Asthma Awareness Day, which was held Nov. 4 at Fort Discovery, 27 children who suffer from chronic symptoms of asthma as well as their siblings and parents were educated about the management and control of the disease. Peak flow zone management, identifying triggers, as well as the proper use of medications was taught and demonstrated by therapists who staff the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at University. Pediatrician Elizabeth Becton discussed the reasons and importance of using various long acting controllers and other aspects of asthma with the parents. The children explored the various hands on science exhibits and saw awesome demonstrations of the properties and uses of liquid nitrogen. After lunch, the families received a free pass to explore Fort Discovery for the rest of the day. We greatly appreciate the staff that took time out on a weekend to promote education for asthma. They were Pam Robertson, RRT; Jody Dennis, RRT; Norma Newell, RRT; Sheila Kamath, RRT; and Yolanda Robinson, ES. Many thanks to the Volunteer Board for their support, and especially volunteers Alice Outlaw, Shirley Smith and Linda Beam who registered and directed participants. A special thanks to BI-LO and University Health Care Foundation for making this event possible.
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